After graduating from F.I.T. with a degree in fashion/apparel design, Danté Anthony Baylor became a wardrobe assistant for the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, going on to also hold roles for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House and his current position as resident costume designer for the Central School of Ballet in London.
Name: Danté Anthony Baylor
Discipline: Stage Design and Production
Class Year: 2003
Current Gig: Resident Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for BALLET CENTRAL/Central School of Ballet
Best Lesson Learned at BSA: Norah Worthington always said that when you are nearing opening night “[Finished product] is beautiful.” My understanding from this is, we must remember not to obsess about the details when we are near the end of production time. As long as there is something functional to present to the stage, we must know when to stop, the show must always go on.
Funniest BSA memory: Tech Nutcracker! Anna Dean, Class of 2002, suggested and organised a video filming of the stage design and production students performing various roles from our famous version of The Nutcracker. We presented the video to the school to uproar and applause. That is still one of my life-favorite BSA memories.
Proudest Moment: Being presented with a merit scholarship from BSA at my graduation. At the time, a student was chosen from each department to recieve their scholarship at the graduation ceremony. I was fortunate to be chosen to represent the entire Theatre Department. That was a great feeling to have all my family and friends witness my reward for four years of hard work and dedication.